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December 31, 2012

Top Five Icebreakers of 2012

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We love counting down the top training resources, articles, Bible studies, icebreakers, and blog posts for you at the beginning of a new year, and this year is no different. For a limited time, buy our top 10 resources from 2012 and receive 25 percent off! Just head over here to see the full list.

Today I want to share our top five icebreakers with you. Consider using one at your next meeting.

1. Illumine Me
A creative reminder of God’s faithfulness

2. A Person of . . .
By which trait would you rather be known?

3. All Emotional
Give group members a chance to role play different emotions.

4. Back to School
What and where would you study if you went back to school?

5. Lost and Found
What is the most expensive thing you have lost or found?

Looking for more icebreakers? Try our Meeting Builder Tool.

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December 27, 2012

New Year Hopes and Dreams

What's your hope?


As we approach the new year, what is your hope for your small group? Maybe you hope 2013 holds more missional activities. Or perhaps you’re hoping for true reconciliation between group members. Or maybe you’re just hoping that your group members can finally go a little deeper.

Whatever your hope is, God is able—and he’s willing to do this work. Begin praying about it now, and keep your eyes open for opportunities to help your group members grow.

So what’s your hope? Share it with us below.

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December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Take some time to rest

christmas%20presents.jpg wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you enjoy time with family and friends as you celebrate the birth of our savior. May you extend the love of Jesus to others. And may you give thanks for the community God has provided for you.

We’ll be taking some time off to celebrate ourselves, but we’ll be back soon with new content. In the meantime, take a breath, rest, and reflect on the blessings you’ve received this year.

Merry Christmas!

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December 20, 2012

Is Everyone in Your Group Engaged?

How to assess


It's pretty rare to have a small group made up of people who are the same age, in the same life stage, and of the same spiritual maturity. And it's a good thing to experience diversity in our small groups. But how do you ensure that you're keeping everyone engaged?

Our newest Assessment Pack is designed to help you answer that question. Use the nine assessments included to gain a clear understanding. Check out one of the assessments from this pack here.

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December 13, 2012

Wisdom from the Small-Group Experts

100 small-group quotes


As I e-mailed’s regular writers and contributors the other day, I was struck with what a great list of small-group leaders, pastors, and directors we have. There is so much wisdom to share—not just because they’ve written books on small-group ministry, but also because they have actually served (or are currently serving) in small-group ministry. People like Mike Mack, Scott Boren, and Alan Danielson regularly contribute to the site, plus newer names to small groups like Carter Moss, Ben Reed, and Spence Shelton.

So when I came across this list of 100 small-group quotes, I was honored to know that many of the people listed have a presence on Take a look through their collective wisdom on this awesome list. And let us know below: what’s the best small-group quote you’ve come across?

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December 5, 2012

Who Has Time for Waiting?

A caution to leaders during this busy season


Advent is the season of waiting—waiting and watching for the coming Savior. But waiting is a tough concept today. In our hyper-productive world, it too often feels like wasting time. So instead we busy ourselves with a multitude of things, telling ourselves we’re just keeping busy while we’re waiting. We hustle and bustle to get the decorations up, the presents wrapped, and the cards sent. We drive in circles around town while “enjoying” countless Christmas parties.

All the while, there’s a tiny voice in our head asking, Is busyness really all it’s cracked up to be?

In a season where everyone is tempted to take on more—especially small-group leaders—how do we bring our focus back to God?

In an article on, Tammy Whitehurst writes that she knew busyness was an issue in her life:

I discovered this after I found myself checking my appointment book to see if I could squeeze in lunch with my 18-year-old daughter. I knew then that I had to back up and take a good look at my priorities. The world would momentarily stop if something ever happened to her, so why can't I stop when she wants me to have lunch?

Read the rest of her article and take heart: there’s more to life than busyness.

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December 3, 2012

Out with the New, In with the Old

You may not need to start something new to be on mission.


When it comes to being on mission with God, we tend to talk about starting new ministries, making new relationships, and adding more to our schedules. But what if you can be on mission simply by reworking something you're already doing?

That's what one church found when they had a consultant look at their programs. He encouraged them to look at a ministry they already had and turn it outward to serve the community.

Could it really be that easy? Read this excellent blog post from our friends at for the full story and consider what you could rework to serve God's mission.

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